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White House to hold moment of silence on Sandy Hook anniversary

On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., before ending his own life. File photo by Getty Images

The White House will hold a moment of silence Saturday, a White House official told Politico, on the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 28 dead, including 20 children and six staff members.

Politico also reported that Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., scheduled an “educational event on gun safety, purchasing firearms, legal requirements and safety standards” on the same day as the Sandy Hook anniversary. Yoho told Politico that the event’s date is not intentional.

“The date was not chosen to coincide with the terrible tragedy at Sandy Hook, and my thoughts and prayers go to the victims and families,” Yoho said in a statement on Facebook.

Vice President Joe Biden also announced Tuesday that the Obama administration promises to dedicate $100 million to improve mental health services in response to the December 2012 mass shooting.

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